City council begins discussing 2019 budget:Residents and city officials see need for sidewalk improv


Lennox City Council started a regular meeting with the pledge of allegiance at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 27.

Mayor Tracy West added hiring of a new police officer to the executive session before agenda approval. No attendees participated in the public comment period.

Reports started with the Wastewater Treatment Facility Report. Refer to the article “Behind the scenes” at the bottom of page 1 for details.

Old business began with approving an amended resolution for no parking zones on Boynton Avenue. Safety concerns led to the resolution.

The zone includes approximately 456 feet on the north side of Boynton Avenue from Cherry Street to Highway 17 and the south side of Boynton Avenue from the culvert to Highway 17.

Council approved an amended resolution for truck routes within city limits. Boynton Avenue, Cleveland Street and Main Street are designated truck routes.

A second reading of ordinance 587 concerned sewer provisions. Ordinance 587 regulates indirect and direct water connections from homes and businesses to the public sanitary sewer.

Wording specified roof downspouts, foundation drains, areaway drains, garage floor drains, sump pumps, or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater. Violations would warrant a $500 surcharge per month if property owners don’t comply within 10 calendar days of being issued a notice.

No second motion led to death of an approval motion. Utilities Superintendent Jeremy Gulbranson spoke of behalf of approving some sort of regulation.

“If something like this isn’t passed and you have something like a truck wash come in with chemicals, that water’s a direct connection to your wastewater plant,” said Gulbranson. ”

Gulbranson believes both commercial and residential floor drains pose threats.

Council Member Chad Reilly asked how Sioux Falls deals with the matter. President Chad Wulf believes more investigation into options should be conducted. Council Member Brock Rops made an approved motion to table the matter.

Attendees discussed implementing a code of ethical conduct. There’s currently no code of ethics for city officials. Reilly asked what happens if someone refuses to sign a future code.

“We’ll cross that bridge when it comes. If we decide as a council that it’s part of being a member, then it’s pretty obvious,” said West.

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